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70 Places open for free on Israel’s 70th Birthday!

Go and visit somewhere new this Yom Haatzmaut! Here are 70 places opening their doors for free on Israel’s 70th birthday! April 19th 2018. This includes the brand new tour of the Bank of Israel in Tel Aviv!

The South:

1.Nitzanim – One of the toughest battles in the Independence War happened here. Tours leave on the hour from 9-13:00. Book your place 08-6727895

2. The Open Museum at Negba – Tours on the hour at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 050-5560554

3. Ben Gurion’s Hut is offering a unique and free event where you can sign your name on Israel’s declaration of Independence!! Also dancing and a show.08-6560469.

4.Holocaust Museum at Yad Mordechai – hear about battles and rebellions 08-6720599

6.The Stronghold against Gaza at Kibbutz Saad- Learn about the first religious Jews who settled in the Negev, in the last remaining building since the War of Independence. 052-3907809

7.Jo Alon Bedouin Center – 8:30-15:00 with two guided tours at 10:00 and 13:00 . 08-9913394

8.Mitzpe Revivim – Mitzpe Revivim tells the fascinating tale of the southernmost Jewish outpost during early settlement days. It played a strategic, clandestine role in the early defense of the Negev. Enter its Byzantine caves, which once served as command bunker and field hospital. Walk through its restored fort, climb its lookout tower, run through its trenches, search for its hidden weapons cache, learn its secret communication methods, and view its WWII-era Dakota C-47 and Piper Cub planes. 10:00-14:00 08-6562638

9.The Yoav Fortress –  a heritage center as well as an historic monument of The Givati Brigade. 9:00-14:00 08-6611316.

The Train Yard Engine 70414 in Beer Sheva

10.The Train Yard Engine 70414 in Beer Sheva– A quaint museum on the original rail tracks of the Turkish line set up in 1915. Call to arrange tours.08-6234613

12.  The Rishonim Site in Rochma – 0547995149

Jerusalem and the surrounding areas:

13.Old Yishuv Court Museum – 02-6276319 Tours on the hour

14.Ammunition Hill – In addition to the usual site there will be an omega and ropes course for an extra fee.  02-5829393

16.Gush Etzion Visitor’s Center – book on to a tour 02-9935160

17.Tower of David Museum -9:00-16:00 Take a map or discover the story of Jerusalem with guiding throughout the museum, enjoy a journey in Israeli song at music stations throughout the Citadel and end the visit by joining and entertaining encounter with historical characters and memorable songs of Jerusalem. *2884

Yellin House

Jerusalem Underground Prisoner’s Museum

19.Shai Agnon House – 02-6716498 They recommend calling to register a place.


Sites in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City is number 22 – including:

The Hurva Synagogue

The Herodian Quarter

23. Beit Levi Eshkol – An interactive experience for the whole family. Need to register 02-6313091

Tel Aviv & Center:

25.Yitzchak Rabin Museum – you must book a place 03-7453358

28.Joseph Bau House – There will be tours, workshops and a children’s art activity. 054-4301499

29.Rokach House – 5168042–03

30.Sarona Visitor’s Center – Book a place 03-6048434

33.Hagana museum – Open 9:00-16:00 03-5608624

35.Etzel Museum Tashach (1948) – 9:00-16:00 03-5172044

37. Bank of Israel Visitor’s Center – Newly re-opened THIS YOM HAATZMAUT Age 8+. Tours last 1hour 30 mins. Must book! 03-5640781/2

Bank of Israel

42.Ayalon Institute (Bullet Factory) – 9:00-16:00. Last tour at 15:00. You must reserve. 08-9406552

The North:

46.The Shomer Museum – 8:00-16:00. No need to reserve – they give you a sheet explaining what to do/see 04-6941565

47.Chatzer Tel Chai – 10:00-15:00 tours every half an hour. Reserve a place 04-6951333

49. Reut Museum – tours leave on the hour. 04-6432810

45.Biriah Fortress – Open 9:00-17:00 with guided tours at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 02 6922433,

50.Reconstruction site Rosh Pina – Open 10:00-14:00. Two special tours. 04-6936913

51.Beit Hame’iri, Tzfat – Open 10:00-15:00 with tours on the hour. A great museum of nostalgia, of Tzfat from 200 years ago until today. 04-6971307

52.Chatzer Kinneret – Great for families and children, with actors of famous historical fugures. At 1:00, 12:00 and 14:00. 04-6709117

53.Naharayim BaGesher – Open 9:00-16:00. Well shaded. Two guided tours by foot over to the view of the Jordanian Border at 11:00 and 12:30. 04-6752685

54.Palmach Cave – Watch a film and learn about how this cave became the headquarters for the Palmach. Also there, you can do the Shvil Hachidot – a hike that you follow to find rock which have questions on them about the Palmach period. Also there is a challenge area for the whole family based on Palmach codes.  Tours on the hour from 10:00-15:00.  04-9898946 ,052-4471109

Palmach Cave

55.The historical Police Station in Nehalal – Tours at 9:00, 11:00 and 15:00 04-6415073

56. The ‘slik’ in Nehalal – Open 9:00-15:00 with tours on the hour. 052-3347194

57. The Valley Museum – A museum about the pioneers of Israel. 04-654897458.

59.Hanita Museum – Lovely children’s booklet and craft activity. 04-9859677

61.Atlit Detention Center – There will be tours on the boat. You must book a place 04-9841980

62.Otzarot Hachoma Museum, Acre – Open 10:00-16:00. Suitable for the whole family. 04-9911004

63.Acre Underground Prisoners museum – Open 9:00-16:00. Tours on the hour. 04-9911375

64.The First Aliya Museum in Zichron Yaakov – Open 10:00-16:00, Bring your cameras for a guided tours with historical personalities. 04-6294777

65.The Chan Museum 04-6324562

66. Feinberg House – 053-4279114

67. Haifa Museums:

68. The National Maritime Museum – Children’s workshops, see ships, dress up 04-8536622

69.Etzel Museum in Shoni – 052-8330177

For more details see the Israeli Heritage website.

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